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2022 Sep




A 65-Year-Old Woman With Intractable Cough.


Khasawneh M, Leon ME, Urbine D
Chest. 2022 Sep; 162(3):e123-e126.
PMID: 36088097.


A 65-year-old woman was referred for a second opinion regarding a 7-month history of a persistent, progressive, nonproductive cough. Her cough occurred several times a minute, causing a significant impact on her daily activities. She denied fever, chills, weight loss, chest pain, wheezing, symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, or postnasal drip. She was a never smoker with no history of asthma, allergies, sinus disease, or dermatitis. She had never taken an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor. Her medical history included rheumatoid arthritis, for which she was treated with methotrexate for 3 years. She denied any occupational or environmental exposures. She was previously treated with a short-acting β-agonist, inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting β-agonist, montelukast, nasal steroids, a proton pump inhibitor, gabapentin, and azithromycin without relief. She also received codeine, which provided mild relief.